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The killing of Mayor Palmer is being placed on Paul Moody by fingerprint expert Jim Stover as Moody's prints were found on the murder weapon. When reporter Brad Evans places doubt in Stover's mind that the fingerprints were Moodys, he decides to investigate further with the help of the mayor's daughter Carolyn. Written by
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The sad thing about Fingerprints Don't Lie is that it has a very good plot premise. Over the past several years we've seen an explosion of stories dealing with forensic evidence. The idea of planting fingerprints at the scene of a crime to frame someone is good. But the general shoddiness of production of this Lippert Picture makes it no better than the worst episode of CSI.
Richard Travis plays a crime scene investigator specializing in fingerprints though during the course of this short film shows he has an eye for other types of forensics. The prospective son-in-law of the current mayor of this small city Richard Emory is arrested for the murder of the mayor, his fiancé Sheila Ryan believes he's innocent and her earnestness persuades Travis to reexamine the evidence.
Sure enough Travis convinces himself he was wrong and the rest of the film is his reappraisal of the evidence and the bringing to justice of the real guilty parties.
Lippert Pictures perennial Sid Melton is in this and his comedy relief as an idiot news photographer is both grafted in and quite unfunny in this one. That seems to be a running criticism in the Lippert Pictures I've seen Melton in. But in this case it really is true.
I think had this story been done at a major studio you might have seen a decent film.
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